Osaka police crack down on reckless cyclists

Apr 24, 2014

Osaka police crack down on reckless cyclists

The Osaka Prefectural Police are stiffening their crackdown on reckless cyclists following a sharp increase in serious accidents. One of the most notorious problem areas has been the famous Tenjinbashisuji shopping street in the city of Osaka, where the use of bicycles has been ...

Mom, son die after hit by police car

Apr 14, 2014

Mom, son die after hit by police car

A woman and her 5-year-old son were killed when their vehicle was hit by a police car at an intersection in Tanba, Hyogo Prefecture, on Sunday. The woman, 34, was identified as Tamba resident Asami Yura. Her two sons — Kanta, 5, and Yuzen, ...

Apr 2, 2014

Court OKs adoption by transsexual

The Osaka Family Court has approved the adoption of a 3-year-old boy by a woman in her 30s who changed her sex from male due to gender identity disorder.

Universal Japan draws 10 million

Mar 19, 2014

Universal Japan draws 10 million

The number of visitors to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka reached 10 million for the current business year Wednesday, hitting the threshold for the first time since the park’s inaugural year of operation. The operator of the Hollywood-themed amusement park said Hollywood Dream — ...

Mar 12, 2014

Government tech lab shelves launch of video tracking at JR Osaka

A government technology laboratory said Tuesday it has delayed the launch of a video-tracking program to monitor passers-by at a major train station — originally scheduled to begin in April — due to “voices of concern” raised by citizens. The project, designed by the ...

Mar 10, 2014

Man gets death for 2011 robbery-murders in Osaka

The Osaka District Court sentenced a 52-year-old man to death Monday for killing two people in two separate robberies in Osaka Prefecture in 2011. According to the ruling, Munehiro Nishiguchi killed housewife Takeko Tamura, 67, in November 2011 in the city of Sakai and ...

Mar 9, 2014

Campaigning begins for Osaka mayoral race

Official campaigning began Sunday in the race to choose Osaka’s next mayor, with Toru Hashimoto seeking a return to the position he quit and a fresh mandate to overhaul local politics — but with major political parties distancing themselves from the poll. The combative ...

Osaka challenges Tokyo with tallest skyscraper

Mar 6, 2014

Osaka challenges Tokyo with tallest skyscraper

Japan’s tallest building will open Friday in Osaka, as Asia’s third-biggest metropolitan economy aims to lure tourists and stem businesses from moving to Tokyo. Kintetsu Corp., one of the main railways in western Japan, spent ¥130 billion and four years constructing the 300-meter Abeno ...